Pregnancy Scans

Pregnancy scans

Early pregnancy scan (from week 6) - £100

The early pregnancy scan is the first pregnancy scan that you can have and is not routinely available on the NHS. It is often done if you are not sure if you are pregnant or to provide reassurance in the very early stages of your pregnancy.

We recommend this scan for all pregnant women, however particularly for those over 35, where there is an increased incidence of miscarriage. We also recommend this ultrasound scan for those with a history of pregnancy miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

Nuchal scan (11-14 weeks) - £160

The nuchal scan provides a screening for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down, Edwards’ and Patau as well as first anatomy checks and measurements of your baby. The screening is combined with a blood test to increase its efficiency.

By adding the blood test result alongside the ultrasound measurements and your age we can calculate the risk of your baby having Down Syndrome with up to 95% accuracy.

Our advanced practitioner sonographers are the exceptional few qualified and accredited by the Fetal Medicine Foundation for nuchal translucency scans.

Gender scan (from 16 weeks onwards) - £150

This ultrasound scan is for parents to be who would like to know the sex of their baby earlier than the 20 week anomaly scan offered by the NHS, or if the NHS Sonographer was unable to confirm the sex of your baby during your 20 week anomaly scan.
Using 2D technology the gender scan is usually performed through your tummy, but sometimes the sonographer will ask to perform an internal scan to gain a clearer view. We can give you the results of your scan during your appointment, as long as the sonographer has obtained a clear view of your baby’s genitalia.

We will also perform a growth scan to check on the health of the baby.

Anomaly scan (18-24 weeks) - £180

The mid-pregnancy 20 week Anomaly (or anatomy) Scan is an important detailed ultrasound scan of your baby, including placenta position, amniotic fluid and fetal growth. It is offered to everybody by the National Health Service.

The purpose of the anomaly scan is to determine the presence of rare conditions including those of the brain, spine or heart conditions.

Growth scan (28-40 weeks) - £150

A welfare scan will check on the growth and welfare of your baby in the second and third trimester. This service includes Dopplers for measuring blood flow from the placenta to your baby, these are critical in monitoring growth in the latter stages of pregnancy.

The scan can even be performed if you have reached 40 weeks or have passed your due date. During this pregnancy scan we measure the baby's head circumference HC, abdominal circumference AC and femur length FL.

These measurements are plotted onto growth charts and used to calculate baby’s current weight. This is called the Estimated Fetal Weight, or EFW. This gives an indication to the size your baby will be at birth. This is best predicted from 28 weeks gestation onwards.

4D scan (24-32 weeks) - £180

We offer both a 3D pregnancy scan and a 4D ultrasound if you are keen to see how your baby is getting along before the big day. Parents may want the scan if they are curious to see their baby's face. A 4D scan is a 3D scan with the added dimension of time – as in a film or video – so the baby can be seen to be moving.

We have the very latest 4D technology at our disposal. This enables you to watch all the action in the comfort of your own home, or share on your mobile device, whether they’re yawning, smiling or sucking their thumb.

Group B screening and presentation scan (35-40 weeks) - £200

A Group B Strep (GBS) screening checks for the presence of a harmful bacteria that causes life-threatening infections in newborn babies. Carrying group B Strep has no symptoms, so testing is the only way to find out if you are carrying the bacteria. If a woman is known to carry group B Strep in her current pregnancy then she will be offered antibiotics from onset of labour which will minimise the risk of her newborn baby developing a group B Strep infection. Group B Strep is the most common cause of infection in newborn babies causing meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia.

Post-pregnancy scan

A pregnancy follow-up scan is performed after pregnancy or miscarriage, it is also known as a post-partum scan. The scan detects if there is any fetal tissue remaining in the womb and is recommended if you’ve had any bleeding in the weeks after your baby is born or after a miscarriage.

The bleeding may be caused if your placenta has not been delivered completely or if you’ve had an incomplete miscarriage and some tissues remain in your womb.

How is the ultrasound scan electronically sent to you?

We have developed a unique service allowing you to share your pregnancy ultrasound with friends and family wherever they are in the world. This optional recording can be shared via Whatsapp, Email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We will offer this to you routinely at the end of the scan. The transmission is instantaneous. Please note on this system there is no sound, only video. It is a national policy not to permit patient or partner's phone recording in a room. Simply tell your sonographer that you would like an electronic transmission of your scan. It will appear on your phone immediately.